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Canon Powershot SX10 IS vs. Canon Powershot SX1 IS

I currently own the Canon Powershot SX10 IS, with 10MP, 20X Zoom, and VGA/QVGA video. This camera has a CCD sensor.

I was thinking of getting its big brother, the Canon Powershot SX1 IS, with 10MP, 20X Zoom, and <b>1080p</b> video. This camera has a <b>CMOS</b> sensor.

The SX1 IS is unavailable in the US, but I thought to import it. Is it worth the extra $200-$300?

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Maybe

In reply to: Canon Powershot SX10 IS vs. Canon Powershot SX1 IS

If you need the features that the SX1IS offers.

The SX1IS can shoot continuous at 4 (fps) frames per second while the SX10IS is rated at 1.4 fps.
The SX1IS has true HD video (1080p at 30 fps).
It is equipped for the optional wireless remote control.
It has a slightly larger LCD (2.8 inches instead of 2.5 inches).
Strangely, the SX10IS has more megapixels in the electronic view finder than the SX1IS.

Here is what the press released looks like:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08091703canon_sx1is_sx10is.asp

If you import the SX1IS you might run into problems if you need warranty service.
Since it is not available in the USA, they may refuse to service it here. Which means, you would have to send the camera to Europe for warranty repair.

Regarding the 1080p video.
It will require a special cable to connect to your HD television.
You should check and see if that comes with the camera or is an extra cost.
Sony 1080p cameras require an accessory cable that sells for about $45.
Kodak 1080p cameras require a special HD cradle that sells for $99.

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Maybe not

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Then again...

<i>...So far, so similar, but take a closer look and dedicated pixel peepers may notice slightly higher noise levels from the CMOS-equipped SX1 IS than the SX10 IS throughout the ISO range. Noise artefacts are more visible on the SX1 IS samples if you're really looking, but it’s subtle, and in our view far from a deal-breaker if you can exploit the other benefits the CMOS sensor brings. This is of course a personal choice though..."</i>
- http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_SX1_IS/noise.shtml

Although I don't use high ISOs generally...

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SX1 IS

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<i>If you import the SX1 IS you might run into problems if you need warranty service.
Since it is not available in the USA, they may refuse to service it here. Which means, you would have to send the camera to Europe for warranty repair.</i>

Well, now, what d'you know?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10165647-1.html?tag=rtcol;relnews
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/09021807canonsx1isfirmwareupdate.asp
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=18301

I still don't know if I'll get it...

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Yep, I read it this morning

In reply to: SX1 IS

The Canon SX1IS will be sold in the USA soon.

Several camera companies tend to release some models in Europe first.
But not all of them get to the USA.
I am sure they have a reason for doing this, but I don't know what it is.

I wonder is it something like a limited beta test.

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